The crickets sung outside as the water crashed against the shore. The sun had moved to the other side of the planet long ago. Night wrapped it’s slender fingers around me urging me to give in to its lullaby. The lights of the city reflected in the water soothed my already dull senses. Enthralled by the vision in front of me and drunk on exhaustion mingled with curiosity, I was unable to fully understand the situation I had willingly placed myself in. People bustled around us chatting animatedly making the atmosphere comfortable and soothing my nerves.
The night dragged on and I ignored my urges to sleep, choosing, instead, to spend it with the stranger next to me, in a city far from my own. The bustling crowd dwindled until we were the only ones left under the night sky. Under the cloak of darkness, we exchanged words, meaningless yet so promising in the moments spoken. Soon the sky started to yawn, awaking from it’s short slumber. Our eyes heavy, we decided that now would be the best time to part ways.
Through the silent car ride home, my mind whirred with muddle thoughts, my brain too exhausted to process them fully. The driver drove silently, both of us aware that something between us shifted through the long night. Though we started off the night as strangers, we parted in the morning as acquaintances if not something more.
I took a risk, some may even call it a irresponsible risk, which led it to be a night I will never forget.